30th September 2011
With now only 8 days to go to the start of the 2011 Fencing World Championships preparations are fully underway for the event, staged in Catania, Italy, from 8 - 16 October.
937 fencers from 113 nations have registered for the most important fencing event of 2011. The championships kick off on 8 October with a colourful Opening Ceremony in the heart of Catania and on 9 October competitions start with the qualifications in men’s sabre, women’s foil and men’s foil.
From 11 October to 16 October spectators will be able to watch both fencing and wheelchair fencing finals every day. The 2011 Fencing World Championships are of utmost importance as they are a milestone on the road to the Olympic Games.
With this at stake, as well as the generous prize money with the total amount of 570,000 US$ offered by FIE President Alisher Usmanov, competition will be fierce in the Palaghiaccio, the ice hockey arena of Catania.
Italian athletes who took 6 out of 12 possible gold medals at the competitive European Championships in Sheffield in July will be among the favourites in all events. The most dangerous opponents are likely to come from Russia, France and Germany as well as from Korea, China and the USA.
Alisher Usmanov, President of the International Fencing Federation Fencing, said today, “It’s tantalisingly close to the event now and almost everything is in place. The Region of Sicily, the city of Catania and the Italian Fencing Federation have been a tremendous support to the event organisers and I would like to express our deepest appreciation. I am struck by the enthusiasm and dedication of everyone to make the World Championships and outstanding success. We are proud to have 937 athletes from 113 nations competing. For example, we will have 41 teams in the men’s epee team competition. This shows that fencing is truly a sport practiced worldwide. I wish all athletes good luck in their last preparations for this important event.”
Gold medal: 20,000 US$ per athlete
Silver medal: 10,000 US$ per athlete
Bronze medal: 5,000 US$ per athlete
Gold medal 30,000 US$ per team
Silver medal: 15,000 US$ per team
Bronze medal: 10,000 US$ per team
Total amount: 570,000 US$
In Europe, the event is broadcasted by Eurosport and RAI 2.
All fencing fans around the world can watch this event live on the FIE channel on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/fievideo.
Tickets are available online. Tickets are still on sale and available for 10 EUR per person.